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June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month - a time to shine purple.

June 1, 2017

 

 

Hughes Advocacy is bringing awareness for the millions of individuals and all the family members and caregivers who are affected by this disease.

 

What is Alzheimer’s?  It is a type of dementia that affects your memory, thinking and behavior.  The symptoms usually begin slowly and get worse over time.  They eventually become severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

 

Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia and effects more than 5 million Americas.  It kills more people than Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer combined!  35% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s report that their health has gotten worse due to their care responsibilities.  Let Hughes Advocacy assist You and Your loved ones with this sad disease.

 

 

Alzheimer's get worse over time as it is a progressive disease  It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of 8 years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from 4 to 20 years.

Currently there is no cure.  However, there are treatments available and research continues.  Treatment options can help the disease from progressing by slowing down the symptoms.  

 

Here are 10 early warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s vs. A typical age-related change:

 

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life vs. Sometimes forgetting names or appointments but remembering them later.

  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems vs making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook

  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or leisure vs. occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or iPhone

  4. Confusion with time or place vs getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later

  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships vs vision changes due to cataracts

  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing vs sometimes having trouble finding the right word.

  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps vs misplacing things from time to time and retracing steps to find them

  8. Decreased or poor judgement vs making a bad decision once in a while

  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities vs sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations

  10. Changes in mood and personality vs developing specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine in interrupted

 

Let’s all help honor those struggling with this disease and help bring an end to Alzheimer’s!  The end starts NOW and it starts with YOU!!